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City makes public records on properties more accessible

August 11, 2017
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The City of Boston has announced the launch of RentSmart Boston, an online tool that allows renters and homeowners to access data about Boston’s properties, according to a press release. RentSmart compiles data from BOS:311 and the City’s Inspectional Services Department in order to give prospective tenants a more complete picture of the homes...

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English language learning bill changes public school education

August 11, 2017
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The state Senate unanimously passed legislation so that public schools are no longer required to teach in English only, according to a press release. An Act for language opportunity for our kids (S.2125), also known as the LOOK Bill, which removes the current mandate requiring schools to use Sheltered English Immersion (SEI), or English-only...

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JP Seafood owner aims to open new restaurant

August 11, 2017
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The family behind JP Seafood Cafe may be opening a second restaurant in Jamaica Plain called Evergreen Eatery. The restaurant would be located at 154 Green St., the former location of La Rana Rossa, which closed in June. “We are so excited to have an opportunity to open a second restaurant in JP where...

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Walsh, Jackson speak at JP Progressives forums on mayoral race

July 28, 2017
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Local organization JP Progressives hosted Mayor Martin Walsh and City Councilor Tito Jackson in two separate forums to discuss their visions for the city in light of their battle in the mayoral election. Both candidates were asked questions about a variety of local issues, including housing, safety, homelessness, and union contracts. The forum for...

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America’s Night Out Against Crime

July 28, 2017
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Hyde Square Task Force is teaming up with Jamaica Plain’s District E-13 division of Boston Police Department to host National Night Out 2017, an event for the public to enjoy food and entertainment as well as mingle with elected officials and police officers. “America’s Night Out Against Crime” will feature food, music, dancing, demonstrations,...

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City assesses performing arts facilities

July 28, 2017
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Mayor Walsh and the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) released a draft Performing Arts Facilities Assessment, and are encouraging the public to review and submit feedback on it, according to a press release. The assessment evaluates the current and anticipated venue challenges of local performing arts organizations in Boston. “In Boston it’s our...

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DCR nixes Anson Street dog proposal

July 14, 2017
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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has decided not to convert a street hockey rink in the Southwest Corridor to a dog park as a result of community pushback, and will be considering proposals for new locations for a dog park in Jamaica Plain. DCR held a public meeting on April 5...

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Police officer charged with making false statements

July 14, 2017
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Boston Police Department’s (BPD) District E-13 detective supervisor Bruce Smith has been charged in a federal court with repeatedly making false statements to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Department of Homeland Security, according to a press release. He was released on conditions and unsecured bond of $50,000. Smith, 53, of Randolph, was...

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Drug bust goes down in JP

July 14, 2017
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On July 1, Boston Police officers raided an organized drug trafficking operation in the area of 42 Forbes Street and recovered over 400 grams of heroin, 250 grams of fentanyl, and $4,945 in cash, according to bpdnews.com. Officers assigned to the Boston Police Department (BPD) City Wide Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant...

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Egleston Square Main Street continues books initiative

July 14, 2017
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Egleston Square Main Streets will be keeping shears and minds sharp with the second “Books in the Barbershop Summer Reading Initiative,” which encourages daily reading by giving free books to elementary aged students who get their hair styled or cut in any participating barber shop, according to the press release. The program, launched by...

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